In my final year at uni, one of my modules is in Translation. This year, the teachers have decided to change the module quite a bit and we’re having to learn how to use some new software.
Having lost three weeks at the start of the semester, I think the teachers have felt the pressure too and have tried to make up for the lost time. This means the pace and workload is a lot higher than usual.
Besides, I’ve been having some technical issues since all my uni classes moved online. I haven’t been able to access translation software remotely (it’s expensive and our uni has paid for the licences to use it).
I’ve missed a couple of sessions on the translation software and I’ve been playing catch up since then. The idea is to make our lives as translators easier because it’s Computer-Assisted-Translation (CAT) software. But until you understand how it works and all the features, this particular programme can seem like more hassle than it’s worth!
The other week, I spent 5 hours working on a small PowerPoint with the software. By the end of the day, I was overwhelmed and hadn’t got much work done. I had wasted time and I could’ve used my time more fruitfully doing something else.
Moving forward, I need to work on this translation software ‘Little and Often’, as I was told by my professor.
Deep down, I already knew this. The Slight Edge principle can be applied to so many areas of our lives. It can either work in our favour or against us. I need to use it in language learning, my health (physical and spiritual), as well as my relationships, friendships – the list goes on.
Little and Often. Easy to do. Easy not to do.
Is there something in your life you need to do Little and Often?